Get Active

two students weight lifting

Have fun and enjoy being physically active while participating in free low barrier activities suitable for all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels

Get Active AnyPlace, Anywhere, Anytime

Movement breaks

Follow along as the Move U Crew leads you through a quick, low-barrier movement break that can be incorporated into your next class, meeting, or event.

Lunch and Lift

These sessions will not only allow you to get some exercise in over lunch time but will also provide you with some great tips and tricks to support a healthy mind and body.

Random acts of exercise

Dr. Sally Willis-Stewart, School of Health and Exercise Sciences (Okanagan Campus), welcomes professors to share these videos to help create healthier classroom environments for their students.

Virtual fitness classes

UBCO Recreation offers free virtual classes to provide a convenient way to move your body and revitalize your spirit while working and studying from home.

Move UBC

Move UBC is a university-wide annual initiative to increase physical activity and reduce the time students, staff, faculty and the UBC community spend sitting.

Ergo Your Posture

Join in every Wednesday at 10am for a virtual movement and stretching session to help restore healthy posture

Fitting in Movement

In this one hour webinar learn about the health impacts of inactivity and easy strategies to FIT IN MOVEMENT.

Get Active on Campus

Campus trails network

The UBC Okanagan environment influences social and academic life, daily routines, and recreational opportunities.

Sustainability walking tour 

Take a tour of UBC’s Okanagan campus and see all of the great sustainable initiatives around you.

Beach volleyball courts

Two full-size courts available for bookings and drop-in.

Why Get Active

Regular movement and physical activity contributes to our overall wellbeing. Regular physical activity boosts your physical health, your mental and emotional health and your social health.

student running on campus trails outside

Benefits of physical activity:

  • Reduces sensitivity to stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improves learning and mental performance
  • Fosters self-acceptance
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves social wellbeing
  • Helps to maintain a healthy body weight
  • Positive way to spend time with friends and family
  • Great way to have fun!

How to Get Active

How to integrate activity into your day

Choose activities you enjoy

Try different activities until you find the one that is right for you.

Schedule your exercise

Treat it like an appointment and write it down in your calendar.

Make it social

Making plans with a friend can keep you more accountable.

Use Active Transportation

Walk, bike or run instead of using transit or a car.

Join a team

Check out Intramurals or events for a great way to make friends.

Set realistic goals

Consider how active you are and set yourself up for success.

Barriers to fitness and solutions

No time

Try identifying three 30 minute time slots in your calendar. Book them off for physical activity.

No one to go with

Develop new friendships with physically active people. Join a club!

So tired after school/work

Schedule physical activity when you feel most energetic.

Too much on the To-Do list

Plan ahead – make an appointment on the calendar and keep the appointment with yourself.